Longwood Seminars

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Welcome to the Longwood Seminars at Harvard Medical School!

Thank you for your interest in the Mini-Med School program.

If you have any questions about the 2017 Seminars of Certificates of Completion, please email longwood_seminars@hms.harvard.edu.

Watch this year's Seminars online!

The 2017 Longwood Seminars are now available. Use the links below to watch or visit our video archive page to view past year's seminars.

We will send an email in May to gather feedback and your suggestions for next year's seminar topics.

2017 Seminars:

March 14, 2017
An answer to cancer? Using the immune system to fight cancer
Oncologists are turning to a novel form of therapy to combat cancer: retraining or reengineering the immune system to quash tumor growth. In this seminar, you will hear from Harvard Medical School scientists and clinicians on the latest approaches that use the body’s own defenses to fight cancer. 


Arlene Sharpe, MD, PhD

Catherine J. Wu, MD

Jerome Ritz, MD

David F. McDermott, MD

March 28, 2017
Resistance movement: Drugs, bugs and the fight against über-germs
With many bacteria becoming impervious to drugs, new approaches are needed to combat the rise of antibiotic resistance. In this seminar, Harvard scientists and clinicians will discuss the history of drug resistance, how bacteria become able to shrug off the medications we use to treat disease, and ways to address the crisis.


Bill Hanage, MD

James Kirby, MD

Michael Gilmore, PhD

Maha Reda Farhat, MD

April 11, 2017
Turning Fear into Power: Understanding and managing anxiety
Fear is one of the most important survival mechanisms in all species. But for the millions of Americans living with anxiety disorders, this healthy defense system has a dark side. In this seminar, Harvard Medical School scientists will explore the roots and origins of anxiety and how it can be managed.


Isabelle M. Rosso, PhD

Greg Fricchione, MD

March 18, 2017
From the wings to center stage: How inflammation triggers a multitude of diseases

Inflammation is one of the body’s first lines of defense against disease. But there is growing evidence that chronic or acute inflammation can fuel the development of a range of chronic ailments, including autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative conditions, heart and metabolic diseases and more.  In this seminar, Harvard Medical School researchers and clinicians explore the connection between inflammation and chronic diseases, and what can be done to reduce the risks.


Diane Mathis, PhD

Filip Swirski, PhD

Beth Stevens, PhD

Steve Shoelson, PhD

All seminars take place at:

Harvard Medical School
The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
The New Research Building
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115

Harvard Medical School is a short walk from the Longwood stops on both the Green D and E lines and the #39 bus. Parking is available at public garages in the Longwood Medical area.
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